We all know that a strong core and a shredded six pack abs is what we all need, not just to look good, but to feel strong also!
Whether you’re working toward six-pack abs or a stronger core and better balance, the key is consistency. And if you don’t enjoy your workouts, you won’t do them. While most ab workouts consist of planks and crunches, they aren’t the only way to tone your midsection. Far from it.
There are a ton of different ways out there to build a strong and dynamic core, and not all ab workouts are created equal. To build a strong core and achieve the six-pack abs you’ve always dreamed of, you need to be strategic with your ab workouts. It’s no longer enough to simply hit some crunches and call it a day if your goal is building a strong core.
The following workout is an AMRAP workout, which is an acronym that means “as many rounds as possible.” This type of HIIT exercise is an ideal way to trim your torso — no planks or crunches required!
Perform each of the following five exercises. Rest 60 to 90 seconds before repeating the entire set of exercises. Continue for 20 minutes.
1. Windshield Wiper:
Start by performing this exercise with your knees bent, especially if you have a previous back injury or back pain. Work your way up to performing this with straight legs as your core strength improves.
- Lie on your back with your lower back pushed into the ground.
- Place both arms by your side at about a 45-degree angle.
- While keeping your legs straight, lift your legs upward as far as possible.
- Next, while trying to keep both of your shoulder blades on the ground, slowly move your legs and feet to one side of your body.
- Once you have rotated as far as you feel comfortable, rotate your legs and feet to the opposite side.
- Make sure to keep your core muscles engaged, and your arms pressed firmly into the ground the entire time.
- That’s one rep.
- Complete 5 reps.
2: Hollow Hold Leg Raise:
This exercise can also be performed with bent knees, without weight, or with your head on the ground to make it less challenging.
- Lie on your back with your lower back pressed into the ground.
- With your arms straight out in front of your chest, press a kettlebell or dumbbell upward, lifting your head, neck and shoulder blades off the ground.
- Keeping your legs straight, lift both legs up as far as possible.
- At the top, contract your core muscles as hard as possible and hold for 5 seconds.
- Slowly lower your legs back down to the starting position.
- Complete 10 reps.
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3. Crawl Hold Row:
Tighten your core and keep your back straight throughout this exercise. If you can’t perform 8 reps without your back sagging, decrease the weight or don’t use any weight at all.
- Start in a crawl position on all fours with your knees bent at about a 90-degree angle and lifted a few inches off the ground.
- Next, grab a dumbbell or kettlebell with one hand and lift it off the ground by pulling your elbow up and close to the side of your body.
- Slowly lower the weight back down to the ground.
- Do all 8 reps on one side before repeating on the other.
Just give these exercises a try and you will see results! Comeback here and tell me how it worked for you. Share with your friends to get fit together.